The end of 2017 in sports can be characterized by the incredible popularity of stretching. If a couple of years ago yoga was considered fashionable among static physical activities, then Pilates took its place, and now stretching. The head of Mind & Body by World Class studio Marat Kalmurzaev also explains the popularity of stretching: “I think there are two reasons. First, more and more people are learning about the benefits of stretching for the musculoskeletal system and for the body as a whole. Good stretching makes our bodies more mobile, improves muscle and joint function, gives confidence in movement, and prevents injury. Second, good flexibility helps to improve posture, which immediately positively affects the image and overall well-being. After all, twine is a good subject for photos on social media."
Of course, in addition to beautiful photographs showing the limitless possibilities of the body, and the obvious benefits for the muscles and the spine, stretching has another, no less important advantage. “This type of load changes the body: muscles are tightened, and with intense stretching, people lose weight. Posture becomes more beautiful, the body is more prominent,”says gymnast Samira Mustafayeva (Russian champion and two-time bronze medalist of the World Championship), founder of one of the most popular SM Stretching studios.
Of course, the question that worries most is whether everyone can sit on a split and how long to wait for the result? Samira Mustafayeva, who inspires her with her gutta-percha and graceful body, answers without a grain of doubt: “Absolutely everyone can sit on longitudinal and transverse splits. The main desire". Despite the fact that this is a fairly calm type of load, it is very traumatic. There is a high risk of injury if the movement is incorrect or abrupt. Therefore, it is so important to warm up the body as much as possible before embarking on flexibility exercises. At the same time, these exercises must be performed very carefully - the wrong technique damages muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints day after day, which leads to chronic pain and can subsequently develop into serious injuries.
“If there is a desire to achieve a twine, then the stretching process can be quite lengthy and depends on the initial data, predisposition, body type, and so on. With regular trainings with a trainer (two to three times a week) and with daily independent training, the result can be achieved in six months,”says specialist Marat Kalmurzaev. By the way, in addition to achieving the desired result - twine - stretching has a positive effect on overall well-being. After the first lesson, a feeling of lightness appears, blood pressure normalizes and mood improves.